My 3 favorite infant and toddler toys and why I love them.
Perhaps the most coveted and a precious thing to a new parent, next to the tender and adorable new baby, is the seemingly unattainable basic human need of a good night’s sleep. It is not surprising then, that the three items I have found the most valuable and versatile are centered around just that: making sleep-time an easy and even pleasant experience.
The Sleep Sheep & Friends line of toys by Cloud b has shed a new light on nighttime. Cloud b has an advisory board that includes mothers, pediatricians and an education consultant. There tag line is “helping children sleep,” which new parents know translates to “helping parents sleep, too.”
Here is a description of each toy and its features.
This soft and adorable sheep has a sound box tucked safely in its belly. The four relaxing sounds that issue forth are Heartbeat: primal and hypnotizing; Spring Showers: the perfect white noise to drown out distracting, background noises; Ocean Surf: a rhythmic rush and recede of water; and Whale Songs: serene and memorizing.
Described by the Cloud b as an “audio pacifier,” the Sleep Sheep can be safely attached to the bars of a crib with its Velcro strap or can be the perfect bedtime buddy in a toddler bed. The sound box can be removed if desired–but why? The delicious sounds are so beautiful, even mom and dad will have a difficult time resisting slumber.
As baby grows, so will the value of Sleep Sheep. Curious fingers will enjoy choosing and changing the soothing sounds by pressing the buttons on Sleep Sheep’s back as well as turning the volume knob and adjusting the sound. For the older child, discussion of whale songs, waves and ocean tides may initiate. Sleep Sheep is also a perfect travel mate, which means a familiar and comforting audio environment wherever the child goes.
It is no wonder, Sleep Sheep is a Parenting Media Award Winner.
Sleep Sheep Features at a glance:
- 4 Soothing Sounds: Mother’s Heartbeat, Spring Showers, Ocean Surf, and Whale Songs.
- Velcro tab to secure Sleep Sheep to the outside of a crib.
- Removable sound box with adjustable volume and on/off controls
- Automatic time-out after 23 minutes
- The Sleep Sheep Story
- A unique numbered adoption certificate
- Batteries included – 2 AA .
It became apparent to my husband and I at an early time in our child’s life, that a night sky planetarium toy would be a perfect bedroom accessory. What better way to be entertained in a calm manner while preparing for sleep. We tried a few different constellation casters before we landed Twilight Turtle. This toy is perfect.
Twilight Turtle is half plushy stuffed animal and half constellation-casting nightlight. The turtle’s “shell” has small star cutouts, which throw the beautiful pattern of the night sky upon the ceiling by way of lights tucked inside the plush body. And what is even better, the starry night sky can be projected in three colors: Amber: warm and loving; Blue: relaxing and calming; or Green: tranquil and magical.
Perfect as a low-light nightlight when mom or dad needs to peek in and check on baby, and as with Sleep Sheep, this toy’s value increases with baby’s development. The soft plastic shell and plush body are perfect for baby to hold and slobber on. Twilight Turtle is great to use as a pre-sleep toy, turning it on and letting baby hold it in a dark room: it became a part of the bedtime ritual in our home. Just wait until baby presses one of the easy-to-push color buttons on turtle’s back and changes the color! Parents are sure to enjoy the glee of baby’s surprise and feeling of accomplishment at what s/he has done!
The teaching and learning opportunities continue well into childhood. After naming colors and discovering the concept of lights and shadows, toddlers can begin to indulge the natural fascination with outer space! The stars Twilight Turtle projects are eight actual constellations. You and your child will enjoy learning them with the included Star Guide.
Twilight Turtle at a glance:
- Life size at 14 inches head to tail and stands 5 inches high.
- Includes a battery saving time out function, push button reactivation, easy color selection.
- Three color choices: Amber, Blue and Green.
- 3 AAA batteries.
This seemingly innocent stuffed animal is actually armed with a powerful sleep inducing agent: Lavender buds! This plush pup is covered with the softest Velboa fabric and comes with a silky purple blanky (some models may vary). A few cuddles is all it will take for the lavender hiding away in the Lab’s ears, head and back to release the soothing aromatherapy properties of Lavender.
Lavender Lab comes with a cute story too. As baby grows and begins to discover his/her senses, mom and dad will thoroughly enjoy watching him/her squeeze the nestled pouches and sniff and smell the lavender, which is reported to last up to five years!
Cloud b also suggests that this adorable and fragrant Labrador be placed on the bedtime pillow during the day so that it imparts the lavender scent directly on the pillow making it sleep-ready in the evening.
Truly a perfect gift for the whole family and no batteries are required!
If you are looking for the perfect nighttime accessories for your child or as a baby gift for a mother-to-be, put these three items at the top of the list. They are, without a doubt the best infant and toddler toys and sleep aids around!
Warning: These are just as effective on adults, so do not be surprised if Sleep Sheep, Twilight Turtle, and Lavender Lab take up residence in mom and dad’s room too!
You can find Sleep Sheep and Friends at retail stores, online, and at some repitable ebay stores. Visit Cloudb.com for more information.